12.11.2014 : Yeah, this should probably be just another (short) "Letter to Obama" ...
Play this Firewall video....
Way Accurate, imnsho... [Excerpt...]
Everyone knows it is true, and no one has the courage to say it.
American people are letting Barack Obama destroy this country through illegal executive orders for one reason and one reason only.
In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle has the courage to speak out and make the case that no one else will make.
12.04.2014 : From an email link...
Great commentary from a Pissed Off official.
Published on Nov 12, 2014
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, WASHINGTON D.C.-- Sheriff Clarke talks about Ferguson Missouri and how politicians and irresponsible groups came like vultures on a roadside carcass to exploit the situation. Eric Holder made a bad situation worse with self-serving rhetoric. 9-17-14
Clarke is a lifelong resident of the City of Milwaukee and in March 2002 was appointed Sheriff by Governor Scott McCallum, and eight months later was elected to his first four-year term, earning 64%of the vote. Sheriff Clarke is now in his third term, having been re-elected in November 2006 and 2010, increasing his victory margins to 73% and 74%.
Holder really is a moron.
12.01.2014 : From an email...
'Been Sayin' this for years, too...
You can't climb the ladder of opportunity if the bottom rungs have been knocked out, and that's what unions and labor legislation have done to blacks. Jobs and workplace experience, not fancy government training programs, are how workers with little or no skills become higher-skilled, more valuable employees. The unemployment rate for blacks from sixteen- to nineteen-years-old is 32.7 percent.
Economist Thomas Sowell notes that the rate for sixteen- and seventeen-year-old black males was just under 10 percent in 1948, lower than for white males of the same age. The reason for the difference?
Minimum wage laws: in 1948 the minimum wage was so low it was irrelevant; in 2014 it prices unskilled black youth out of the labor market. Sowell writes that the minimum wage has been "a major social disaster...for the young, the poor and especially young and poor blacks." (Thomas Sowell, "A Defining Moment." Those groups are supposedly of special concern to Democrats, but a substantial majority of the party is currently pressing for a large, job-destroying increase in the minimum wage.
Education is the first rung on the opportunity ladder, but here Democrats are captive to their largest base of support, public education unions. For poor blacks, unable to afford alternatives, education is a government monopoly, and its quality is typical of most monopolies. Many blacks and other minorities have embraced charter schools and voucher plans, anything that represents a step up from dead-end public schools. However, every innovation that might compete with public schools has been fought by the education unions. When it comes to better education for poor blacks or the unions, guess who Democrats throw under the bus? President Obama, our first black president, successful in part because of his gold-plated education, runs true to form, kowtowing to the unions.
11.30.2014 : From an email...
Why I liked Ike...
When I was a kid, I could not understand why Eisenhower was so popular. Maybe this will explain why.
General Eisenhower Warned Us.
It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he said in words to this effect:
'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened'
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the, six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests Who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated' while many in the world looked the other way!
Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.
How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'NEVER HAPPENED', because it offends some Muslim???
11.28.2014 : From an email...
No shit, Dick Tracy!!
Jesse and Al hurt more than they help... again.
11.26.2014 : From an email...
This will stir the pot!!
Google does a reality check on Global Warming and "Renewable Energy Sources"
11.25.2014 : From an email...
Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. Romney gave the homeless person his business card and told him to come to his office and he'd try to help him find a job. He then took $20 out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person.
Hillary was very impressed, so when they came to another homeless person, she decided to help. She walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. She then reached into Romney's pocket and got out $20. She kept $15 for her administrative fees and gave the homeless person $5.
Now, do you understand the difference?
11.20.2014 : From an email...
THIS ANSWERS A LOT OF QUESTIONS!!!
Written by Dr. Michael A. Haberman, M.D.
This Israeli doctor says Obama has a mental disorder. Labels him a pathological narcissist and there is no greater insanity than electing one as President said Dr. Sam Vaknin who is an Israeli psychologist. Most interesting view on our president.
Dr. Vaknin States, "I must confess I was impressed by Obama from the first time I saw him. At first I was excited to see a black candidate. He looked youthful, spoke well, appeared to be confident, a wholesome presidential package. I was put off soon, not just because of his shallowness but also because there was an air of haughtiness in his demeanor that was unsettling. His posture and his body language were louder than his empty words. Obama's speeches are unlike any political speech we have heard in American history.
Never a politician in this land had such quasi "religious" impact on so many people. The fact that Obama is a total incognito with Zero accomplishment, makes this inexplicable infatuation alarming. Obama is not an ordinary man. He is not a genius. In fact he is quite ignorant on most important subjects." Dr. Sam Vaknin, the author of the Malignant Self Love believes "Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist." Vaknin is a world authority on narcissism He understands narcissism and describes the inner mind of a narcissist like no other person. When he talks about narcissism everyone listens. Vaknin says that Obama's language, posture and demeanor, and the testimonies of his closest, dearest friends suggest that the man is either a narcissist or he may have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
Narcissists project a grandiose but false image of themselves. Jim Jones, the charismatic leader of People's Temple, the man who led over 900 of his followers to cheerfully commit mass suicide and even murder their own children was also a narcissist. David Koresh, Charles Manson, Joseph Koni, Shoko Asahara, Stalin, Saddam, Mao, Kim Jong Ill and Adolph Hitler are a few examples of narcissists of our time. All these men had a tremendous influence over their fanciers. They created a personality cult around themselves and with their blazing speeches elevated their admirers,
filled their hearts with enthusiasm and instilled in their minds a new zest for life. They gave them hope! They promised them the moon, but alas, invariably they brought them to their doom.
When you are a victim of a cult of personality, you don't know it until it is too late. One determining factor in the development of NPD is childhood abuse "Obama's early life was decidedly chaotic and replete with traumatic and mentally bruising dislocations, "says Vaknin. "Mixed-race marriages were even less common then. His parents went through a divorce when he was an infant two years old. Obama saw his father only once again, before he died in a car accident. Then his mother re-married and Obama had to relocate to Indonesia , a foreign land with a radically foreign
culture, to be raised by a step-father. At the age of ten, he was whisked off to live with his maternal (white) grandparents. He saw his mother only intermittently in the following few years and then she vanished from his life in 1979. "She died of cancer in 1995."
One must never underestimate the manipulative genius of pathological narcissists. They project such an imposing personality that it overwhelms those around them. Charmed by the charisma of the narcissist, people become like clay in his hands. They cheerfully do his bidding and delight to be at his service. The narcissist shapes the world around himself and reduces others in his own inverted image. He creates a cult of personality. His admirers become his codependents.
Narcissists have no interest in things that do not help them to reach their personal objective. They are focused on one thing alone and that is power. All other issues are meaningless to them and they do not want to waste their precious time on trivialities. Anything that does not help them is beneath them and does not deserve their attention. If an issue raised in the Senate does not help Obama in one way or another, he has no interest in it. The "present" vote is a safe vote. No one can criticize him if things go wrong. Those issues are unworthy by their very nature because they are not about him.
Obama's election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review led to a contract and advance to write a book about race relations. The University of Chicago Law School provided him a lot longer than expected and at the end it evolved into, guess what? His own autobiography! Instead of writing a scholarly paper focusing on race relations, for which he had been paid, Obama could not resist writing about his most sublime self. He entitled the book Dreams from My Father.
Not surprisingly, Adolph Hitler also wrote his own autobiography when he was still a nobody. So did Stalin. For a narcissist no subject is as important as his own self. Why would he waste his precious time and genius writing about insignificant things when he can write about such an august being as himself? Narcissists are often callous and even ruthless. As the norm, they lack conscience. This is evident from Obama's lack of interest in his own brother who lives on only one dollar per month. A man who lives in luxury, who takes a private jet to vacation in Hawaii, and who raised nearly half a billion dollars for his campaign (something unprecedented in history) has no interest in the plight of his own brother. Why? Because, his brother cannot be used for his ascent to power. A narcissist cares for no one but himself.
This election was like no other in the history of America. The issues were insignificant compared to what is at stake. What can be more dangerous than having a man bereft of conscience, a serial liar, and one who cannot distinguish his fantasies from reality as the leader of the free world? I hate to sound alarmist, but one is a fool if one is not alarmed.
Many politicians are narcissists. They pose no threat to others. They are simply self-serving and selfish. Obama evidences symptoms of pathological narcissism, which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a Bill Clinton for example. To him reality and fantasy are intertwined.
This is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw. Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent. It is this disguise that makes them treacherous. Today the Democrats have placed all their hopes in Obama. But this man could put an end to their party. The great majority of blacks voted for Obama. Only a fool does not know that their support for him is racially driven. This is racism, pure and simple. The downside of this is that if Obama turns out to be the disaster I predict, he will cause widespread resentment among the whites.
The blacks are unlikely to give up their support of their man. Cultic mentality is pernicious and unrelenting. They will dig their heads deeper in the sand and blame Obama's detractors of racism. This will cause a backlash among the whites. The white supremacists will take advantage of the discontent and they will receive widespread support.
I predict that in less than four years, racial tensions will increase to levels never seen since the turbulent 1960's. Obama will set the clock back decades. America is the bastion of freedom. The peace of the world depends on the strength of America, and its weakness translates into the triumph of terrorism and victory of rogue nations. It is no wonder that Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, the Castrists, the Hezbollah, the Hamas, the lawyers of the Guantanamo terrorists, and virtually all sworn enemies of America are so thrilled by the prospect of their man in the White House.
America is on the verge of destruction.
There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological narcissist as President.
Michael A. Haberman, M.D..
11.15.2014 : FromThe Atlas Shrugged edition ...
11.15.2014 : From Reason.com...
Bill Dalasio|11.14.14 @ 8:58AM|#
In it's most primitive form, government is on top of and in charge of society. Og was the tribe's chief and everyone obeyed him as the boss, as the father figure. The terms changed, but the role really didn't - king, laird, padrone, or, in our modern parlance, 50%+1. In that context, the notion of the leader shaping society for grand and noble might have made sense.
But, a few hundred years ago, there was the beginnings of the inkling that things could be different, that maybe government was just one institution among many in society tasked with a specific and defined mission. In that context, the head of the government is no more our leader, fit to determine grand and noble goals for society than the head of IBM, the head of the local trade union, or the head of your church. The only "grand and noble" goal he is properly tasked with is making sure his organization does its job and does it well.
But, as I said, even the beginnings of that mentality are only a couple of hundred years old. By and large, most social perception is rooted in the more primitive, tribal, mindset of government (If an alien in a science fiction movie says "Take me to your leader", it's inevitably the case that the alien is escorted to the White House or UN.). And, honestly, I'm not sure the newer mindset will even survive long enough to become the standard.
11.04.2014 : I completely agree with the following, validated by Snopes.com...
The below summary of Barack and Michelle Obama's 5 year reign in the White House is by far the best I've ever read as it squarely hits the nail on the head.
And it took a black reporter writing it to make it as effective as it is. A white man's account would be instantly criticized by the liberal media as pure racism. But, how can anyone scream Racist when an exacting description of the Obama's is penned by a well-known journalist of color, Mychal Massie?
BEST SUMMATION OF BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA EVER!
(Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles .)
The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn't like the Obama's. Specifically I was asked: "I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama's? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture."
The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I've made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don't like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.
I don't hate them per definition, but I condemn them because they are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit same, Michelle Obama's raw contempt for white America is transpicuous.
I don't like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress. I expect, no I demand respect, for the Office of President, and a love of our country and her citizens, from the leader entrusted with the governance of the same. President and Mrs. Reagan displayed an unparalleled love for the country and her people. The Reagan's made Americans feel good about them-selves and about what we could accomplish.
His (Obama's) arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable.. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Could you envision President Reagan instructing his Justice Department to act like jack-booted thugs?
Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obama's have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.
I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to now being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that Mind set as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world.
Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do that. I have a saying, that "the only reason a person hides things, is because they have something to hide." No president in history has spent over a million dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.
And what the two of them have shared has been proven to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother's death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father's military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address.
He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today. He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel .
His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement - as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.
I don't like them, and I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.
Dislike for them has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has everything to do with their behavior, attitudes, and policies. And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.
I could go on, but let me conclude with this. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.
As I wrote in a syndicated column titled, "Nero In The White House" - "Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader.
He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequaled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood.
Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement - while America 's people go homeless, hungry and unemployed.
11.02.2014 : Wherever you stand on this issue, please take the time to read this; it should wake you from your slumber on this important truth.
We know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant.
Last week there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington, D.C., filled to capacity with many of America's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Davis Hansen talked about his latest book, "Mexifornia", explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.
Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America.
The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States. He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide."
"Here is how they do it," Lamm said.
"First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: 'The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, Corsicans and Muslims."
"Second, to destroy America, invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. Make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal; that there are no cultural differences. Make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds."
"Third, we could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance, but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.' Lamm said, "I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities."
"Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school."
"My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority placation."
"My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia, threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. "E. Pluribus Unum" -- From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum,' we will "Balkanize" America as surely as Kosovo.
"Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits. Make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bi-lingual/bi-cultural country, having established multi-culturalism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."
In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, "Lastly, I would censor Victor Davis Hanson's book 'Mexifornia.' His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book."
There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate 'diversity.' American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America. Take note of California and other states. To date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book "1984." In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: "War is peace," "Freedom is slavery," and "Ignorance is strength."
Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation, and the future of this great democracy, is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.
"I love this country, it's the government I'm afraid of."
Excellent Video about Perceptions
I implore you to watch this. It is frankly pretty scary. The major networks aren't at all coy about their influencing the public. If you haven't recognized what MSNBC, CBS, FOX and others are doing to what they want you to see and hear, best watch this, because they aren't subtle at all about it. Google, FaceBook and others are very subtle. Just watch and listen.
Excellent Video about "Government"
We don't care if The Donald never said this! We agree anyway!
No one has summed it up better than Trump
'Let me get this straight ...
We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't,
which purportedly covers at least ten million more people without adding a single new doctor,
but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it,
passed by a Congress that didn't read it (but exempted themselves from it), and signed by a President who smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we'll be taxed for four years before any
benefits take effect, by a congress which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare,
all to be overseen by an obese surgeon general and financed by a country that's broke!!
What the hell could possibly go wrong?
Excellent Video about "Iowa"
REMEMBER JANUARY 3, 2007
The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.
The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this: January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:
- The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
- The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
- The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
- George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION!
Remember that day...
January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? In BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!
THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney) for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment...to this CRISIS by dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!
(Yes, the banks resold these toxic assets, but the underlying problem was created by Democratic Leaders who believed that every American should own a home, whether they could afford it or not, and pushed the lending giants to make it happen.)
BTW: Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie -starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy. This matter is recorded in the Congressional record. Barney blocked it and called it a "Chicken Little Philosophy" (and the sky did fall!)
And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac? It was Obama.
And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?
OBAMA and the Democrat Congress, especially BARNEY!!!!
So when someone tries to blame Bush...
REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!"
Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving the economy into the ditch.
Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.
In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush belatedly got tough on spending increases.
From 2009 forward, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama took office. At that time, the passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budget.
And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009. Let's remember what the deficits looked like during that period. If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.
If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is, "I inherited a deficit that I voted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold as President."
"The problems we face today exists because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living."
Here are some homophobic rants from 2011. LOL, if they weren't so sad and stupid...
More On Congress... or is that "Moron Congress"?...
When a company falls on difficult times, one of the things that seems to happen is they reduce their staff and workers. The remaining workers must find ways to continue to do a good job or risk that their job would be eliminated as well.
Wall street and the media normally congratulate the CEO for making this type of "tough decision", and the board of directors gives upper corporate management big bonuses..
Our government should not be immune from similar risks.
Reduce the House of Representatives from the current435 members to 218 members.
Reduce Senate members from 100 to 50 (one per State). Then, reduce their remaining staff by 25%.
Accomplish this over the next 8 years (two steps/two elections) and of course this would require some redistricting.
Some Yearly Monetary Gains Include:
$44,108,400 for elimination of base pay for congress. (267 members X $165,200 pay/member/ yr.)
$437,100,000 for elimination of their staff. (Estimate $1.3 Million in staff per each member of the House, and $3 Million in staff per each member of the Senate every year).
$108,350,000 for the reduction in remaining staff by 25%.
$7,500,000,000reduction in pork barrel earmarks each year. (Those members whose jobs are gone. Current estimates for total government pork earmarks are at$15 Billion/yr).
The remaining representatives would need to work smarter and improve efficiencies.. It might even be in their best interests to work together for the good of our country!
We may also expect that smaller committees might lead to a more efficient resolution of issues as well. It might even be easier to keep track of what your representative is doing.
Congress has more tools available to do their jobs than it had back in 1911 when the current number of representatives was established. (Telephone, computers, cell phones to name a few).
Congress does not hesitate to head home for extended weekends, holidays and recesses, when what the nation needs is a real fix for economic problems. Also, we had 3 senators who were not doing their jobs for the 18+ months (on the campaign trail) and still they all accepted full pay. Minnesota survived very well with only one senator for the first half of this year. These facts alone support a reduction in senators and congress.
Summary of opportunity:
$44,108,400 reduction of congress members.
$282,100,000 for elimination of the reduced house member staff.
$150,000,000 for elimination of reduced senate member staff.
$70,850,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining house members.
$37,500,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining senate members.
$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork added to bills by the reduction of congress members.
$8,084,558,400 per year, estimated total savings. (That's 8-BILLION just to start!)
Corporate America does these types of cuts all the time.
There's even a name for it.
Also, if Congresspersons were required to serve 20, 25 or 30 years (like everyone else) in order to collect retirement benefits, taxpayers could save a bundle.
Now they get full retirement after serving only ONE term.
IF you are happy with how Washington spends our taxes, delete this message.
Otherwise, it's time to "downsize" Congress
1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
-- John Adams
2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.
-- Mark Twain
3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
-- Mark Twain
4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
-- Winston Churchill
5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw
6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
-- G. Gordon Liddy
7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
-- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
-- Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
-- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
-- Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)
11. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
-- Ronald Reagan (1986)
12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
-- Will Rogers
13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!
-- P.J. O'Rourke
14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
-- Voltaire (1764)
15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!
-- Pericles (430 B.C.)
16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
-- Mark Twain (1866)
17. Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.
18. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
-- Ronald Reagan
19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the
blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
-- Winston Churchill
20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
-- Mark Twain
1. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
22. There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress.
-- Mark Twain
23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
-- Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)
24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
-- Thomas Jefferson
25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
FIVE BEST SENTENCES:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for...another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!
Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?
A friend sends a note to me...
Am just finishing Reagan's autobiography (highly recommend). He talks of having wanted to take Gorbachev on a tour of the U.S. (he didn't have the opportunity).
In reflecting on the difference between their two countries, he says: "Democracy triumphed in the cold war because it was a battle of values--between one system that gave preeminence to the state and another that gave preeminence to the individual and freedom.
Not long ago I was told about an incident that illustrated this difference: an American scholar, on his way to the airport before a flight to the Soviet Union, got into a conversation with his cab driver, a young man who said he was still getting his education.
The scholar asked, 'When you finish your schooling, what to you want to be, what do you want to do?'
The young man answered, 'I haven't decided yet.'
After the scholar arrived at the airport in Moscow, his cab driver was also a young man who happened to mention he was still getting his education, and the scholar, who spoke Russian, asked, 'When you finish your schooling, what do you want to be, what do you want to do?'
The young man answered, 'They haven't told me yet.'
CAIR and its friends play the victim card, attack Lowe's
I love Lowe's
A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you carry a 45?' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'
The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?' He promptly replied, 'No Ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my shotgun.'
Beware the man who only carries one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!!!
But wait, there's more!
I was once asked by a lady visiting if I had a gun in the house.
I said I did.
She said, 'Well I certainly hope it isn't loaded!'
To which I said, "Of course it is loaded, it can't work without bullets!"
She then asked, "Are you that afraid of someone evil coming into your house?"
My reply was, "No not at all. I am not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded too."
Calling Michael Moore!
Now, guess what I'm calling him?
Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming , Co-Chair of the Deficit Commission, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.
Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana ... I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!
"Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight..
1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS.
2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).
3 My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff proud...
4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission is proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.
5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the bills.
6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.
To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" on your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU.
1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?
2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?
3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and health care benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?
It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the"greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow nutcases who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes. That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.
And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.
If you like the way things are in America delete this. If you agree with what a fellow Montana citizen Patty Myers says, PASS IT ON!!!!
The Green Thing
In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The clerk responded, " That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."
He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.
Remember: Don't make old people mad.
We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.
Starts here... Continues at This Link. Hilarious!
From: David Thorne
Date: Wednesday 10 March 2010 7.12pm
To: Darryl Robinson
Subject: Permission Slip
I have received your permission slip featuring what I can only assume is a levitating rabbit about to drop an egg on Jesus.
Thank you for pre-ticking the permission box as this has saved me not only from having to make a choice, but also from having to make my own forty five degree downward stroke followed by a twenty percent longer forty five degree upward stroke. Without your guidance, I may have drawn a picture of a cactus wearing a hat by mistake.
As I trust my offspring's ability to separate fact from fantasy, I am happy for him to participate in your indoctrination process on the proviso that all references to 'Jesus' are replaced with the term 'Purportedly Magic Jew.'
OWS is called on the carpet... Four Stars!
Adam Corolla rant. Excellent!
...and here's more commentary...
Marybeth Hicks , Columnist , The Washington Times
Call it an occupational hazard, but I can't look at the Occupy Wall Street protesters without thinking, "Who parented these people?"
As a culture columnist, I've commented on the social and political ramifications of the "movement" - now known as "OWS" - whose fairyland agenda can be summarized by one of their placards: "Everything for everybody".
Thanks to their pipe-dream platform, it's clear there are people with serious designs on "transformational" change in America who are using the protesters like bedsprings in a brothel.
Yet it's not my role as a commentator that prompts my parenting question, but rather the fact that I'm the mother of four teens and young adults. There are some crucial life lessons that the protesters' moms clearly have not passed along.
Here, then, are five things the OWS protesters' mothers should have taught their children but obviously didn't, so I will:
- Life isn't fair. The concept of justice - that everyone should be treated fairly - is a worthy and worthwhile moral imperative on which our nation was founded. But justice and economic equality are not the same. Or, as Mick Jagger said, "You can't always get what you want."
No matter how you try to "level the playing field," some people have better luck, skills, talents or connections that land them in better places. Some seem to have all the advantages in life but squander them, others play the modest hand they're dealt and make up the difference in hard work and perseverance, and some find jobs on Wall Street and eventually buy houses in the Hamptons . Is it fair? Stupid question.
- Nothing is "free." Protesting with signs that seek "free" college degrees and "free" health care make you look like idiots, because colleges and hospitals don't operate on rainbows and sunshine. There is no magic money machine to tap for your meandering educational careers and "slow paths" to adulthood, and the 53 percent of taxpaying Americans owe you neither a degree nor an annual physical.
While I'm pointing out this obvious fact, here are a few other things that are not free: overtime for police officers and municipal workers, trash hauling, repairs to fixtures and property, condoms, Band-Aids and the food that inexplicably appears on the tables in your makeshift protest kitchens. Real people with real dollars are underwriting your civic temper tantrum.
- Your word is your bond. When you demonstrate to eliminate student loan debt, you are advocating precisely the lack of integrity you decry in others. Loans are made based on solemn promises to repay them. No one forces you to borrow money; you are free to choose educational pursuits that don't require loans, or to seek technical or vocational training that allows you to support yourself and your ongoing educational goals. Also, for the record, being a college student is not a state of victimization. It's a privilege that billions of young people around the globe would die for - literally.
- A protest is not a party. On Saturday in New York , while making a mad dash from my cab to the door of my hotel to avoid you, I saw what isn't evident in the newsreel footage of your demonstrations: Most of you are doing this only for attention and fun. Serious people in a sober pursuit of social and political change don't dance jigs down Sixth Avenue like attendees of a Renaissance festival. You look foolish, you smell gross, you are clearly high and you don't seem to realize that all around you are people who deem you irrelevant.
- There are reasons you haven't found jobs. The truth? Your tattooed necks, gauged ears, facial piercings and dirty dreadlocks are off-putting. Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity isn't a virtue. Occupy reality: Only 4 percent of college graduates are out of work. If you are among that 4 percent, find a mirror and face the problem. It's not them. It's you.
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.
She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.
The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, "How is your friend Audrey doing?"
She replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over."
Her wise father asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA."
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, "That's a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I've worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!"
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, "Welcome to the conservative side of the fence."
If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!
If a conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one. If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.
If a conservative doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don't like be shut down.
If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.
If a conservative reads this, he'll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh. A liberal will delete it because he's "offended."
Obama's a dream...
Obama is a faux intellectual, using arrogance and attitude to convey authority. Reading fluidly from his teleprompter, he condescends in mellifluous tones to convey intellectual superiority. He loves giving speeches, pausing frequently for applause, for he is nothing when not basking in the adulation of the masses. He is defined only by what is said and written about him. That is why he can't stand dissent and will go to any lengths to crush it.
There are no policies, just generalizations. The failed Stimulus Act was written by others and used to reward those who did the most to elect Obama. Obamacare legislation, also written by others, is exceedingly unpopular, has cost jobs, and is predicted to hamstring the economy well into the future, while restricting health care and costing trillions of dollars. So what? The winners write history, and as Obama told Republicans, he won.
Idealess, Obama's latest proposal, the American Jobs Act, is the same as the original stimulus, just half as large. But this one is designed to fail legislatively, so the president can run against a do-nothing Congress.
Obama doesn't recognize the economic disaster he has created. He believes what he has always been told: that he is a huge success, his only mistake not communicating his greatness to the little people. Because in reality, Americans have become too soft and too lazy to put in the time and effort necessary to understand how lucky we are to have Barack Obama, perhaps the greatest man to have ever lived. If you don't believe me, just ask him. He'll tell you.
Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/obama_the_dream.html#ixzz1fFSm8cVm
Is this a repeat? If so, I apologize!
The best non-partisan political joke ever!
A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the highway. Nothing is moving.
Suddenly, a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down the window and asks, "What's going on?"
"Terrorists have kidnapped Congress, and are asking for a $10 million dollar ransom. Otherwise, they are going to douse them all in gasoline and set them on fire. We are going from car to car, taking up a collection."
"How much is everyone giving, on average?" the driver asks.
The man replies, "About a gallon..."
A very important commentary on the recent crash at the Reno Air Races...
Please watch this video!
"If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq Theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.
The firearm death rate in Washington , DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period.
That means you are about 25 per cent more likely to be shot and killed in the US capital which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the U.S., than you are in Iraq.
Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington, DC.
A concise explanation of the financial crisis in Europe...
Everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide.
Let's have a look at the evidence:
- No Christmas
- No television
- No nude women
- No football
- No pork chops
- No hot dogs
- No burgers
- No beer
- No bacon
- Rags for clothes
- Towels for hats
- Constant wailing from some guy in a tower
- More than one wife
- More than one mother in law
- You can't shave
- Your wife can't shave
- You don't use toilet paper
- You can't wash off the smell of donkey
- You cook over burning camel shit
- Your wife is picked by someone else for you
- and your wife smells worse than your donkey
- Then they tell you that "when you die, it all gets better?"
Well no shit, Sherlock! ... It's not like it could get much worse.
Watch both of these videos and get the joke! Video 1, Video 2
Illegals and the Vote?
This is excellent. Explains why Obama is working so hard to enable the illegals to have voting privileges.
I'm always impressed when the absolute truth shows up in short form:
The economic problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.
Who is John Galt?
I love this word. Finally, a way to describe Obama and his voters.
- a system of government where the least capable to lead
are elected by the least capable of producing
and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed
are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
Wall Street's Gullible Occupiers
The protesters have been sold a bill of goods. Reckless government policies, not private greed, brought about the housing bubble and resulting financial crisis..
By PETER J. WALLISON
There is no mystery where the Occupy Wall Street movement came from: It is an offspring of the same false narrative about the causes of the financial crisis that exculpated the government and brought us the Dodd-Frank Act. According to this story, the financial crisis and ensuing deep recession was caused by a reckless private sector driven by greed and insufficiently regulated. It is no wonder that people who hear this tale repeated endlessly in the media turn on Wall Street to express their frustration with the current conditions in the economy.
Their anger should be directed at those who developed and supported the federal government's housing policies that were responsible for the financial crisis.
Letter From The Boss
To All My Valued Employees,
There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn't pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country.
However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interests.
First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a Back Story. This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You've seen my big home at last years Christmas party. I'm sure; all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life.
However, what you don't see is the BACK STORY :
I started this company 28 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living apartment was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.
My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn't have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business -- hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.
Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting the Nordstrom's for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the discount store extracting any clothing item that didn't look like it was birthed in the 70's. My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business with a vision that eventually, someday, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.
So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm, I don't. There is no "off" button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to my hip like a 1 year old special-needs child. You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden -- the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations... you never realize the Back Story and the sacrifices I've made.
Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bailout all the people who didn't. The people that over spent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.
Yes, business ownership has is benefits but the price I've paid is steep and not without wounds.
Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:
I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don't pay enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my "stimulus" check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.
The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check? Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country.
The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you'd quit and you wouldn't work here. I mean, why should you? That's nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy.
Here is what many of you don't understand ... to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn't need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.
When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don't defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the poor of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine. Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep.
So where am I going with all this?
It's quite simple.
If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I'll fire you and your co-workers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child's future. Frankly, it isn't my problem any more.
Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire. You see, I'm done. I'm done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.
So, if you lose your job, it won't be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steamrolled the constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about....
Signed, THE BOSS
"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."Margaret Thatcher
In Rare Public Statement, God Tells Pat Robertson to "Shut the Fuck Up "
The "Planning Fallacy" Not enough of the right people will read or believe this.
The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.
He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, ''I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him.
I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally I assumed you had stolen the car.''
Best Video Link of the Month, so far...
Tyrone applied for a fork lift operator job at a famous firm based in
Detroit. A white man applied for the same job and since both applicants had
similar qualifications, they were asked to take a test and led to a quiet
room with no interruptions by the Manager.
When the results were in, both men had scored 19 out of 20.
The manager went to Tyrone and said, "Thank you for coming to the interview,
but we've decided to give the white guy the job."
Tyrone, "And why would you be doing that, are you a racist? We both got 19
questions right? This being Detroit and me being Black surely I should get
Manager, " We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the
question you got wrong."
Tyrone said, " Tell me now, how would one incorrect answer be better than
Manager, " Simple. On question number 7 the white guy wrote down, 'I don't
You put down, 'Neither do I.'
"I'm 60+ and I'm Tired"
From a friend...
I'm 60+ . Except for brief period in the 50's when I was doing my National Service, I've worked hard since I was 17. Except for some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn't call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I'm tired. Very tired.
I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honour"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to.
I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia, New Zealand, UK, America and Canada, while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance.
I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.
I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?
I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
I'm really tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or "big-whatever" for their problems.
I'm really tired of politicians voting themselves their own standard of living while we live by another.
I'm tired of the government handing out our money to illegals for medical, schools and to live on.
I'm tired of the government telling us there was no increase in cost of living that's why Social Security recipients didn't see a raise.
Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 60+ because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my grandchildren and their children.
There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!
Economics Lesson in Three Minutes...
How to balance the budget, by Ronald Reagan, 1975...
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
-- Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, whose hand was caught in the squeeze gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man...
Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his role as our president.
The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Obama is a 'Post Turtle''.
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him, what a 'post turtle' was.
The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'.
The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain.
"You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, he's elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with."
No, wait, there's more...
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
-- Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
08.06.2011: Make a wish!
I met a fairy today. She said she would grant me one wish.
"I want to live forever," I said.
"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that."
"Fine," I said, "then I want to die after Congress gets its head out of its ass!"
"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.
Obama goes to a primary school to talk to the kids to get a little PR. After his talk he offers question time. One little boy puts up his hand and Obama asks him his name.
"Stanley," responds the little boy.
"And what is your question, Stanley?"
"I have 4 questions:
First, why did the USA Bomb Libya without the support of the Congress?
Second, why are you President when John McCain got more votes?
Third, whatever happened to all of the jobs you were going to create?"
Fourth, why don't you enforce our current immigration laws?
Just then, the bell rings for recess. Obama informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess.
When they resume Obama says, "OK, where were we? Oh, that's right: question time. Who has a question?"
Another little boy puts up his hand. Obama points him out and asks him his name.
"Steve," he responds.
"And what is your question, Steve?"
Actually, I have 6 questions:
First, why did the USA Bomb Libya without the support of the Congress?
Second, why are you President when John McCain got more votes?
Third, whatever happened to all of the jobs you were going to create?"
Fourth, why don't you enforce our current immigration laws?
Fifth, why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early?
And sixth, what the hell happened to Stanley?"
08.06.2011: Forward this ...
8/4/2011 - This week, the policy-making body of the American Psychological Association has unanimously approved a resolution supporting full, legal marriage equality. With this vote (157-0) the country"s largest organization of psychologists took its strongest stand to date supporting same-sex marriage, a move that experts say will have a far-reaching impact on state-level and national debates.
As USA Today reports, "The group, with more than 154,000 members, has long supported full equal rights for gays, based on social science research on sexual orientation. Now the nation's psychologists -- citing an increasing body of research about same-sex marriage, as well as increased discussion at the state and federal levels -- took the support to a new level... The resolution points to numerous recent studies, including findings that "many gay men and lesbians, like their heterosexual counterparts, desire to form stable, long-lasting and committed intimate relationships and are successful in doing so."
The APA's resolution was passed just as North Carolina legislators consider a proposed Anti-LGBT constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships, while also writing LGBT discrimination into the state's founding document. Despite recent push back in opposition to the amendment, state lawmakers could take up this discriminatory legislation during a special session dedicated to constitutional amendments beginning September 12.
"The country's largest professional association of psychologists has now unanimously spoken to psychological impacts of marriage inequality -- the same effects that could be enshrined in our constitution by North Carolina's anti-LGBT constitutional amendment," said Equality NC interim executive director, Alex Miller.
Other professional health organizations that support the freedom to marry include the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Miller added, "We applaud the APA for their support as Equality NC continues to work tirelessly to prevent these harms from being written into our state constitution and toward curing all inequities facing LGBT families in North Carolina."
08.03.2011: Forward this ...
These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read :
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?
08.03.2011: Message to Congress and Obama ...
What's the best solution?
You come home from work, and find there has been a sewer backup, and you have sewage up to your ceilings.
What do you do? ... Raise the ceilings, or pump out the crap?
08.02.2011: Mel Brooks... On Being a Jew...
I may be angry at God or at the world, and I'm sure that a lot of my comedy is based on anger and hostility...It comes from a feeling that as a Jew and as a person, I don't fit into the mainstream of American society.
Feeling different, feeling alienated, feeling persecuted, feeling that the only way you can deal with the world is to laugh - because if you don't laugh you're going to cry and never stop crying - that's probably what's responsible for the Jews having developed such a great sense of humor. The people who had the greatest reason to weep, learned more than anyone else how to laugh.
Based on the accomplishments of individual Jews, Nobel Prize winners and heroes of modern culture, as well as the amount of attention Jews get in the media, you'd never believe the correct answers: There are little more than 13 million Jews in the world, comprising less than 1/4 of 1% of the world's population !!!!
Do you think it's just a coincidence? Twenty-one percent of Nobel Prize winners have been Jews, even though Jews comprise less than one-quarter of one percent of the world's population. Choose any field, and you will find that Jews have excelled in it.
Think of the names of many modern-day figures most responsible for the intellectual turning points in history - MARX, FREUD, EINSTEIN - and you will find proof of the Biblical verdict: "Surely this is...a wise and understanding people." There simply is no way to deny it.
Jews really are smart. There must be a reason - and I can give you three:
HEREDITY, ENVIRONMENT and A UNIQUE VALUE SYSTEM:
HEREDITY - Historians have pointed out a fascinating difference between Jews and Christians. In Christianity, as well as in many other religions, holiness was identified with asceticism, great spirituality with the practice of celibacy. For centuries the finest minds among Christians were urged to join the church and become priests. That effectively condemned their genetic pool of intelligence to an untimely end.
Jews, on the other hand, took quite seriously the first commandment to mankind - to be fruitful and multiply. Sex was never seen as sinful, but rather as one of those things created by God that he surely must have had in mind when he declared, in reviewing his work, that "Behold everything was very good."
Among Jews, the most intelligent were encouraged to become religious leaders. As rabbis, they had to serve as role models for their congregants as procreators and "fathers! of their countries." Brains got passed on from generation to generation, and Jews today are still reaping the benefits of the frequent sexual activities of their ancestors.
ENVIRONMENT - If challenge and response are the keys to creativity and achievement, it's no surprise that Jews are smart; they've been challenged more than anyone else on earth. The school of hard knocks is a wonderful teacher. Jews had no choice but to learn to be better than anyone else since the odds were always so very much stacked against them.
When you're born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you tend to get fat and lazy. When you're born with the lash of a whip on your back, you quickly learn to become crafty, street smart, and knowledgeable in everything that will help you make it through life.
A UNIQUE VALUE SYSTEM - We still haven't touched on the most important reason of all. Jews are smart because they have been raised in a tradition that treasures education above everything else, that considers study the highest obligation of mankind, and that identifies the intellect as part of us created in "the image of God." To be illiterate was unheard of in the Jewish world, not only because it was a sign of stupidity, but, more significantly, because it was a sin.
Jews are obligated by law to review the Bible in its entirety every year, dividing it into manageable weekly sections. The widespread custom when a child turned three years old was to write the letters of the Hebrew alphabet on a board in honey and have the child learn them as he licked them off, equating their meaning with the taste of sweetness.
Jews studied the Midrash, and it taught them: The Sword and the Book came from Heaven together, and the Holy One said: "Keep what is written in this Book or be destroyed by the other." Jews studied the Mishna and it taught them, "Say not when I have leisure."
Philosophical Tevye, that delightful creation of the Yiddish writer Shalom Aleichem and the star of Fiddler On The Roof, explained that Jews always wear hats because they never know when they will be forced to travel. What he didn't say, which is probably more important, is that they always made sure to have something under their hats and inside of their heads - because physical possessions could be taken from them, but what they accumulated in their minds would always remain the greatest" merchandise" a Jew possesses.
And you thought Mel Brooks was only a funny man.
07.31.2011: Government Gone Wild...
Watch the video; forward the link!
07.28.2011: Great idea from Warren Buffett ...
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the
best quotes I've heard in all this drama about the debt ceiling:
"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a
law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP,
all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."
07.25.2011: The Haircut ...
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.
After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you , I'm doing community service this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.
BOTH POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON!
07.14.2011: Conversion Factors ...
1. Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi
2. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton
3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope
4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond
5. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram
6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong
7. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Sterling
8. Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon
9. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz
10. Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower
11. Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line
12. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
13. 1 million-million microphones = 1 megaphone
14. 2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles
15. 365.25 days = 1 unicycle
16. 2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds
17. 52 cards = 1 decacards
18. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 FigNewton
19. 1000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen
20. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche
21. 1 trillion pins = 1 terapin
22. 10 rations = 1 decoration
23. 100 rations = 1 C-ration
24. 2 monograms = 1 diagram
25. 4 nickels = 2 paradigms
26. 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 IV League
27. 100 Senators = Not 1 decision
07.10.2011: Back again and still true ...
A some years ago, Iran's Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people.
In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:
"Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.
"A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.
Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.
If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.
Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate.
Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.
Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the "Schick" reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.
"Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.
They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.
"Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.
Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.
"In short, good and loyal Muslims properly and fittingly should remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the Islamic boycott."
Meanwhile I ask, what medical contributions to the world have the Muslims made?
07.08.2011: Re-Elect Whom?! ...
BEST QUOTE OF THE DECADE - from the CZECH REPUBLIC
Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic:
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their President.
The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America .
Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools who made him their President."
07.08.2011: Re-Elect Whom?! ...
An old West Virginia Hillbilly saying: You cannot get the water to clear up until you get the pigs out of the creek.
*If any other of our presidents had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have
*If any other of our presidents had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head? *
*If any other of our presidents joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal
immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who's side he was on? *
*If any other of our presidents had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse, would you think him an idiot? *
*If any other of our presidents had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that
have one of the best safety records of any industry because one foreign company had an accident, would you have agreed? *
*If any other of our presidents had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him? *
*If any other of our presidents had been the first President to need a Teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would
you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes? *
*If any other of our presidents had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take his First Lady to a play in NYC, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had reduced your retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it a proud moment for America ? *
*If any other of our presidents had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a
minor slip? *
*If any other of our presidents had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes,
would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , wouldn't you have had second thoughts about his capabilities? *
*If any other of our presidents would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking
out his front door in his home town, would you not have thought he was a self-important, conceited, egotistical jerk. *
*If any other of our presidents had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, wouldn't you have winced in embarrassment? *
*If any other of our presidents had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?*
*If any other of our presidents' administrations had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown
Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11? *
*If any other of our presidents had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than
in New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence? *
*If any other of our presidents had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is
happening in America , would you have ever approved. *
*If any other of our presidents had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved? *
*So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? *
*Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 24 months -- so you have that much time to come up with an answer.*
*Every statement and action in this email is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable. *
AND NOW, HE ACTUALLY WANTS US TO RE-ELECT HIM. WAKE UP AMERICA 2012 IS UPON US.
*"All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."*
06.30.2011: California Dreaming ...
and California stupidity... Thanks, Ken in FL...
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-amazon-tax-20110630,0,4344787.story details how the California legislature passed and Governor Brown signed AB 28X, which demands that websites which accept advertisements from California based marketing affiliates for on-line retailers (like Amazon) have to collect sales tax on those sales, even if neither the retailer nor the company has any physical presence in California.
In response, Amazon dropped their affiliate program to 25K websites in California, costing the website owners lots of future revenue. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/amazon-306409-affiliate-california.html
California politicians have completely missed the point that if they make it difficult to do business in their state, people won't do business in their state. They act like people will put up with infinite additional regulations and taxes and fees just for the privilege of sending California even more of their money.
What is most amusing to me is that a tremendous number of the Hollywood types, who support this type of legislation and the policies which require it, are taking their business out of California, with lots of other places (Miami, for example) making tons of money because it is cheaper to film here than there.
... to the media, no Democrat can do anything wrong. If bad things happen, it must be the fault of Big Business or Big Oil or Big Pharma or uncaring billionaires or those evil Republicans.
Best wishes, Governor Moonbeam II... it's so nice to be from California now. No, Jerry, you don't have monopoly or union power to force businesses to stay in California, and your tax base will be shrinking as a result, probably producing an overall drop in overall tax revenue as a result of this "progressive"-ly stupid idea. But good luck, anyway... it may prove to be a good learning experience for your "fellow citizens" even if it's not one for you. Fare well.
Hey, maybe this should have been placed on my "WTF?!" page?
06.30.2011: 2012 Bumper Sticker? ...
"The best line I ever heard was from a shop foreman at old Republic Steel
when this young black kid was being reprimanded for the last time.
The black youth said to the shop foreman: "You're firing me because I'm black!"
The boss said,
"No, we hired you because you were black.
We're firing you because you are useless!"
Sounds like a good logo for the 2012 Election.... !! "
06.29.2011: Quote of the day...
"Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen"
06.27.2011: No, Dennis Miller didn't say this... Larry Miller did.
You Say You Want a Resolution
Everywhere you look, people are saying the dumbest things. This year, let's resolve to say enough is enough.
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING New Year's resolutions for a long time. Usually they're personal and last no longer than a smoke ring or one of Tom Daschle's smiles. You know the drill: "I'm going to cut down on my drinking, lose a few pounds, and read more books." Of course, by January 3rd, you get drunk, order a pizza, and buy a satellite dish.
This year, though, my resolutions won't be personal, and they won't look forward. They'll look back. Four months back. As you know, since September 11, our leaders and soldiers have done a fine job, frequently a brilliant job. (I mean, please, how about that Rumsfeld? If he were a woman, I'd--Wait. Come to think of it, I'd still do nothing.) I don't even care that so many of our fellow Americans have been contrary and mealy-mouthed. What makes me want to scream like an actress and throw things is this: Since the attack, I have seen, heard, and read thoughts of such surpassing stupidity that they must be addressed. You've heard them too. Here they are:
1) "We're not good, they're not evil, everything is relative."
Listen carefully: We're good, they're evil, nothing is relative. Say it with me now and free yourselves.
[more at link...]
06.25.2011: Thanks, Gene Simmons... for telling it like it is...
One comment from the page...
THANK YOU Gene, for having the balls to say what no one else dare say. THIS is political reality and what the world needs to face up to. Wake up and quit being so damn naive - listen to Gene tell it like it? is!
06.23.2011: Thanks, ACT! For America...
Imagine what would have happened if the Tulsa Police Chief ordered a Muslim police officer to attend a "Law Enforcement Appreciation Day" at a local synagogue.
Not just any such "appreciation day," but one that took place during Saturday Sabbath services, which the Muslim officer was required to observe.
One that also included lectures on Jewish beliefs that the Muslim officer had to attend.
Imagine what would have happened if the Muslim officer had refused and had been demoted and suspended without pay.
The ACLU would have been on the scene in a flash.
The New York Times would have run a front page story about how the police chief's order was not only insensitive but violated the constitutional rights of the officer. The story would have been picked up by media outlets across the country.
The officer would have been hailed a hero on university campuses and the police chief and police department would have been vilified.
At some point, probably very early on, the police chief would have relented --- or would have been fired. The mayor would be holding news conferences assuring America that Tulsa believes in diversity and that ordering a Muslim police officer to attend such an event during the Jewish services was a mistake.
But none of this is happening for Captain Paul Fields, because here's the politically incorrect truth: Fields refused to attend such an event, not at a synagogue or church, but at a local Islamic center tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Our friends at The Thomas More Law Center have taken his case, and they have very good attorneys who have an excellent track record. We are therefore optimistic Captain Fields' constitutional rights will ultimately be upheld. But who can predict how judges will rule?
In the meantime there is no New York Times coverage. No national news coverage. No ACLU. No outrage on college campuses.
So it comes down to us. ACT! for America.
Captain Fields' predicament illustrates why Brigitte Gabriel founded ACT! for America.
To be a voice against political correctness, radical Islam, and stealth jihad.
06.13.2011: The disastrous consequences of Muslim inbreeding ...
Nicolai Sennels is a Danish psychologist who has done extensive research into a little-known problem in the Muslim world: the disastrous consequences of Muslim inbreeding brought about by the marriage of first-cousins.
The practice of marrying close relatives, which has been prohibited in the Judeo-Christian tradition since the days of Moses, was sanctioned by Muhammad and has been going on now for 50 generations (1,400 years) in the Muslim world.
This practice of inbreeding will never go away in the Muslim world since Muhammad is the ultimate example and authority on all matters, including marriage.
The massive inbreeding in Muslim culture may well have done virtually irreversible damage to the Muslim gene pool, including extensive damage to its intelligence, sanity, and health.
... more at link...
06.08.2011: One-State-Solution for the Mid-East... Give the Middle East to the Jews
In an effort to bring peace to the Middle East, President Barack Obama has proposed that Israel should return to its 1967 borders in exchange for being annihilated by its enemies. PJTV's Andrew Klavan has a better idea...
06.08.2011: Incredibly Accurate Analysis... The Pussification of a Nation ... PJTV: Jackass Nation: How Safety Obsessed Nanny Staters Turned Us Into Weenies
06.05.2011: Way True ...
An Obituary printed in the London Times - Interesting and sadly - rather true
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
06.01.2011: One of the best...
At a bar...
Having already downed a few power drinks, she turns around, faces him, looks him straight in the eye and says,
"Listen here good looking, I screw anybody, anytime, anywhere, your place, my place, in the car, front door, back door, on the ground, standing up, sitting down, naked or with clothes on; it doesn't matter to me. I just love it!"
Eyes now wide with interest, he responds, "No kidding. I'm in Congress too. What state are you from?"
05.26.2011: Oldie but goodie...
The Arizona Department of Safety Officer pulled over pick-up truck owner Mike Murray for a weapons check because of an NRA bumper sticker.
When the officer approached the vehicle, the man behind the wheel handed the officer his driver's license, insurance card and concealed carry permit.
The officer took all the documents, looked them over and said, "Mr. Murray, I see you have a CCP. Do you have any weapons with you?"
The driver replied, "Yes I do. I have a 357 handgun in a hip holster, a .45 in the glove box and a .22 derringer in my boot."
The officer looked at Mike and asked, "Anything else?" "Yes. I have a Mossberg 500 12 gauge and an AR-15 in the trunk."
The officer asked if the man was driving to or from a shooting range and the man said he wasn't, so the officer bent over and looked into the driver's face and said "Mr. Murray, you're carrying quite a few guns. May I ask what you are afraid of?"
Mike locked eyes with the officer and calmly answered, "Not a fucking thing!!!"
05.25.2011: Ben, you got it right...
05.16.2011: Consider this...
Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!
05.12.2011: Arabs advise boycotting the Jews ... Consider this...
A short time ago, Arab speakers at the U.N. urged the Arab World to boycott everything that originates with the Jewish people. In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, offered to assist them:
ARABS SHOULD BOYCOTT ALL MEDICINES DISCOVERED BY JEWS
"Any Arab who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich.
He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew.
If an Arab suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.
An Arab who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.
If an Arab has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew.
If an Arab has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.
Arabs with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate.
Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.
Should an Arab child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the "Schick" reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.
Arabs should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.
They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.
Arabs must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.
Arab doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.
In short, good and loyal Arabs should properly and fittingly remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio, Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the Islamic boycott."
05.02.2011: This should come as a big surprise ... Not!
From Accuracy In Media:
It happens a lot, when I look back on my former political life. Sometimes it is a pleasant trip, remembering a successful piece of legislation or some humorous encounter with a political ally or enemy. Unfortunately, this memory was not good, but rather, a grim reminder of the pathetic and irresponsible politicians, who have saddled the future generations of America with a mountain of debt.
It came to me, oddly enough, through an April 20th article in The Washington Post entitled, "Even in an Era of Budget Cuts, These Government Programs Won't Die," written by David Fahrenthold.
So, everyone's accusing everyone else of "racism"...
So, what is "racism," anyway?
This idea can not possibly work anywhere... right?
Reason.tv: Sandy Springs, Georgia - The City that Outsourced Everything ... April 12, 2011
While cities across the country are cutting services, raising taxes and contemplating bankruptcy, something extraordinary is happening in a suburban community just north of Atlanta, Georgia.
Since incorporating in 2005, Sandy Springs has improved its services, invested tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure and kept taxes flat. And get this: Sandy Springs has no long-term liabilities.
This is the story of Sandy Springs, Georgia --- the city that outsourced everything. Video: Approximately 8 minutes.
From a friend's email...
THIS WAS WRITTEN IN 1968 43 years ago - astonishing
You probably don't remember the name Eric Hoffer.
He was a longshoreman who turned into a philosopher; wrote columns for newspapers and some books.
He was a non-Jewish American social philosopher.
He was born in 1902 and died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.
His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic.
ISRAEL'S PECULIAR POSITION.... by Eric Hoffer- Los Angeles
Times 26 May 1968.
The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no problem.
Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen.
Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees, but in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees; everyone insists that Israel must take back every single one.
Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.
Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms.
But when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace.
Everyone expects Jews to be the only real Christians in the world.
Other nations, when they are defeated, survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed.
Had Nasser triumphed last June (1967), he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews.
No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on. There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two blacks are executed in Rhodesia, but when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one demonstrated against him. The Swedes, who were ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we did In Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews.
They sent Hitler choice iron ore. and ball bearings, and serviced his troops in Norway,
The Jews are alone in the world.
If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And only Jewish resources. Yet at this moment, Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer (1967) had the Arabs and their Russian
backers won the war, to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the west in general.
I have a premonition that will not leave me: "as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us."
Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us all.
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"The leading employment sectors are government and health care, in that order, both on the nontradable side. Together these two sectors generated more than 10 million additional jobs over the period, accounting for almost 40 percent of the increment. Health care added 6.3 million jobs on a base of 10 million. Government added 4.1 million on a base of 18.4 million."
so... many jobs were added in the government and health care parts of the economy... neither of which do ANYTHING to help the "balance of trade" or "export business" that everyone's so torqued about... well, DUH! a blind person could see that! ...but our congress can't.
"The shape of global supply chains is constantly shifting. Countries enter and engage with the global economy at different times and expand at different rates. The early high-growth economies --- Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan --- initially exported labor-intensive products, then graduated to more capital-intensive products such as automobiles and motorcycles, and then to human capital intensive activities such as design and technology development.
The labor-intensive activities, which these early high-growth markets exited as their costs of labor rose, moved to later arrivals in the global economy, predominantly Asian economies such as China and Vietnam.
The shifting global structure is not static, cyclic, or mean-reverting. It is best described as a journey that will only be taken once. Late arrivals to industrialization tend to follow the same path as earlier ones.
After thirty years of very high growth, the structure of China's economy is shifting as Japan's and South Korea's did before it. The pattern of diversification is evident in figure 1."
... reflects exactly the "domino effect" I've often written about, where labor-intensive jobs will go to the least expensive country for labor, until their wages go up and the jobs move on again. the end-game is manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa. After that, that game is over, and nobody's planning for what to do then!
04.16.2011: " On Deficits and Government Shutdowns..."
A potential government shutdown is for all intents and purposes equivalent to a National Football League lockout in April. You don't miss any games (or gamesmanship, in the government's case), and you get a lot of blustery talk along the way. If one really believes the present debate in Washington is about finances, then consider that then-Senator, now-President Obama was a rhetorical deficit hawk during the Bush years -- while Republicans increased deficits. That all might seem quite hypocritical now, but to politicians of both parties, it's just business as usual. And that business is all about which party has more power and which wants it.
04.02.2011: " 06.2006 and still true today!"...
03.24.2011: Dennis Miller: "Today's Mark Twain"...
01.01.2011: From the BBC... thanks, Stuart in Switzerland...
Well, it comes as no surprise of course - they were miffed at not being invited to the EU meeting on Libya and this may have something to do with them not being members - something they are going to have to get used to as long as they have leaders like Gul.
From the BBC:
'More on Libya from Turkish President Abdullah Gul: "It is important for Turkey that the situation in Libya ends without further bloodshed. Those who run Libya must step down immediately to ward off plunder of their country by others," Mr Gul told reporters before his departure for Ghana from the Turkish capital, Ankara.'
Note the word 'plunder'. Playing to this weird idea that this is all about oil (remember that Libya exports less than the UK and accounts for 1.5% of world supply - totally irrelevant to Europe or anyone else).
This is the same Gul who willfully bombs the Kurds and said Iraq was about oil (he needs to get a lesson in commodity trading obviously) and hosts groups of terrorists who sail boats to Israel trying to break a perfectly legal blockade (look up the laws of blockade if you don't believe me).
So, once more poisoning the waters - which explains why Turkey will never be part of the EU. Pity really, the Turks are the nicest people you will meet and the most professional but just below the surface is a rabid hatred of the west unfortunately.
02.24.2011: A beautiful analogy... thanks, Ken...
Government is like my lawn: I like my lawn to be healthy, but I take a mower to it frequently when it grows beyond its proper size, and in some cases I will completely rip it out of areas I don't want it to be in. Doing so doesn't mean that I hate my grass, just that I don't want it to run wild.
02.20.2011: It's a matter of evolution... thanks, Stuart...
I don't know what it is but for some reason the Arabs have never evolved. Israel is a convenient whipping-post as is the US and the west and everything else.
Doesn't stop them enjoying the fruits of the labors of course - mobile phones, antibiotics, printers, cars, air conditioning and everything else they never invented of course.
If you removed Israel from the equation completely (consider we are now back in time to, say, 1910 when no-one lived there and no-one cared) and you removed the West in all its glory, who would they hate? Easy, their next door neighbor of course. Is it Islam? No. Is it tribalism? Yes. Some complain about tribalism in Africa causing the breakdown of the nation state but the ME is worse. Can someone explain why, apart from Dubai, there is no economic miracle in the region (Israel aside)?
Why is there no education system or invention (and no, the Tamil Tigers invented the suicide bomb..)? This is clearly partly due to Islam - Allah will look after tomorrow. The net result is clear - the countries are all economic basket cases rife with internal strife who hate their neighbors. Even their armies with the best weaponry available are crap. What on earth is the problem here?
The best of course is that Libya is the latest country (it was Egypt last month) who blame Israel for their internal unrest! Like the shark attack in Egypt which they also blamed on Israeli intelligence. They really must think the rest of the world is stupid and of lesser intelligence than them and this unfortunately really is the case. Some in the west even agree with them.
01.03.2011: Lack of Critical Thinking combined with Rampant Political Correctness...! You tell 'em, Rep. Allen West!
01.06.2011: No Shit, Dick Tracy! -- II
Year to date statistics on Airport screening from the Department of Homeland Security:
|Terrorist Plots Discovered
01.03.2011: No Shit, Dick Tracy!
In 2011, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address are scheduled on the same day.
It's an ironic juxtaposition of events; one event involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of limited intelligence for prognostication . . . while the other involves a groundhog.
01.01.2011: You tell 'em, Arnold! !
I've already given up...
. . . As former Speaker of the State Assembly and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown pointed out earlier this year in the San Francisco Chronicle, roughly 80 cents of every government dollar in California goes to employee compensation and benefits. . . .
Having slain the golden geese, public employee unions berate the corpses and hector them to resume laying golden eggs.
and here's a footnote if that wasn't enough for you...
OAKLAND - Top executives at the University of California are threatening to sue if employees earning more than $245,000 annually do not receive a major pension hike.
The demand appears in a Dec. 9 letter and position paper to the UC Board of Regents obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.
The university estimates that agreeing to the hike would add $5.5 million yearly to its already $21.6 billion unfunded pension liability. It also would have to pay a one-time $51 million to make the increases retroactive to 2007.
Currently pensions are calculated as a percentage of the first $245,000 earned by an employee.
The executives say the regents agreed in 1999 to hike pensions once the Internal Revenue Service allowed them to lift the $245,000 cap. The IRS rescinded the limit in 2007.
Repeat after me: "Doomed."
11.17.2010: Lt. Col. Allen West for President!
He's got my vote lined up already! Wow!
11.14.2010: Democrats doing stupid things... again
And now, in the center ring, for your amusement and amazement... watch the video...
Obama White House Hands Out 111 Obamacare Waivers- Hides It From Public (video)
11.12.2010: Democrats saying stupid things.mp4
Where does "funny" end and "tragic" begin?... watch the video...
Voters Are Watching
11.12.2010: Yes, Republicans (and Democrats, too...), The Voters ARE Watching ...:
11.09.2010: Bring Back the Gipper... or at least, find someone like him ...: Watch Here...
11.06.2010: Spot on, Ken:
Ken: We have now had an application of EMG. If the new crop of Senators and Representatives get the message, we won't need another one. If they don't, I am prepared to iterate until done. Eventually some level of future successors *will* get the message.
Tom: The problem, however, with "iterate until done" is the same as finding a race horse that can clear a twenty-foot hurdle: try the next horse in line; if it misses, shoot it and go on the next until you find a horse that can do it. Or until you run out of horses. I'm not willing to believe there are enough people who meet the two criteria: "get" it, and want to be a politician. I'm still in favour of "none of the above".
Ken: I suggest that your analogy is not applicable. Let me propose two other possible analogies, which I believe are closer.
Let's say I am the coach of an NFL team, who really needs a wide receiver. He must be very fast, and be able to catch the ball. If I hire a guy who is an Olympic weight-lifter who is very slow and cannot catch, I recognize that even though he is world-class at lifting heavy bar-bells, but he cannot do what I need done, I will fire him. If I then hire a guy who is an Olympic marathoner who cannot sprint and cannot catch, I recognize that even though he can run 26 miles better than anyone else in the world, but he cannot do what I need done, I will fire him. I will "iterate until done" until I find a guy who can do what I need done.
Or let's say that I am a homeowner who wants to level a piece of ground which is now lumpy and overgrown, in order to put in a simple lawn. If I interview somebody who shows me the majestic mountains he has built with the incredibly fancy gardens he has put in for other people in the past, I will acknowledge the excellence of the work, say "thanks but no thanks" because that is not what I want done. And I will keep interviewing people until I find one who will take out some of the dirt in my piece of ground and put in just a lawn, because I don't want anything more than that.
There is no "shoot it" involved here, nor is there any denigration of the people we voted against. They are doing great work at what they want (growing government), but it isn't the work that I want (shrinking government). Let's try something different: hiring people who will agree to try to do what I want them to do, and firing of people who (whatever their promises during the sales cycle) consistently do something opposite to what I (and the majority of the people who voted in the last election) want accomplished.
And I believe that we won't run out people who will try to get hired. We saw a lot of people volunteer to run this time around, people who have never been involved in politics before. Some of them were excellent (Rubio), some of them were good but didn't make it (Angle), some of them weren't the best candidates in history (O'Donnell). Ok, there is always next election, and the best will get hired and the worst will get fired, like in every other business, until we get people who will do the job that the majority of Americans wants them to do. And when the people change their mind about the job which needs to be done (and we do every once in a while), iterate until done.
11.01.2010: Excerpt from Market Minders dot com: "Put a Sock In It, Paul Krugman" ...
Dear Paul Krugman: Enough Already!
By Nick Kapur
Thanks to Paul Krugman, my life is starting to resemble Groundhog Day. Essentially, every morning, when I pull up the New York Times on my BlackBerry, right after opening my eyes, I find myself reading the same article, from the same person, day in and day out -- just like Bill Murray found himself reliving the same terrible day over and over again.
Meet Punxsutawney Paul
The source of this madness, of course, is Paul Krugman, an intensely left-wing economist who seems convinced of his own omniscience. Lately, Krugman has been spouting off about what he thinks are the very specific reasons that fiscal stimulus failed, why Democrats are blowing it, and why Republicans are the largest entity standing between Americans and a decently healthy economy. And he's been doing this quite a lot.
There are a few problems here that I'd like to confront. First, I'm getting pretty tired of reading the same article over and over again. Mr. Krugman, please try a fresh angle.
Second (and far more significantly), while I fully believe that everybody is entitled to their own opinion, I, like most rational observers, also believe that no one can possibly know everything there is to know about something as complex as the U.S. economy.
Overconfidence in action
While Krugman is more qualified than most to provide commentary on the subject (at least, he is if you're swayed by a long career spent in classrooms), he seems to lack the basic intellectual humility necessary for effective thinking and writing.
No one -- even economists -- fully understands how a complex, adaptive system like the U.S. economy really works. Yet that's precisely what Krugman is selling here with his excessively definitive stance on the issue.
How many times do we need to be burned by economists (of any political stripe) and their lousy, confidence-laden predictions to learn that economists don't really know what they're talking about? How is it possible that Krugman can analyze the same economic history everyone else is looking at and come to the right conclusion, while everyone else is dead wrong?
Answer: It's not a science
The answer lies in the core of what an economist really studies. A science, by definition, is a body of knowledge that can provide the requisite conditions to replicate certain results repeatedly. If I mix two vials of this green stuff with one vial of the blue stuff, I know I'll get three vials of purple stuff … and so forth. But that isn't how economic theory works. If anything, economics is a pseudo-science that offers results that are only occasionally predictable, but never certain.
A true scientific understanding of the economy would require the ability to read the future. Krugman can't do so. He may know more about what has worked in the past (which might be helpful if the past were always like the future), but his guess is as good as mine when it comes to predicting the next five years, five months, or five days.
This is precisely what makes the existence of someone like Krugman particularly dangerous. He has the name, the brand, and the resume to sound like a credible authority on tea-leaf reading. He has the confidence and the knowledge to write convincingly on the subject, too. And he clearly has a conduit via the New York Times. But he obviously lacks the modesty to understand that even the most cogent of economic analysis is problematic, at best.
End this waking nightmare
I'm not an economist; I'm an investor. I couldn't really care less about whether the Obama administration is following the righteous, economic path to prosperity or not (mostly because I don't know what that path is -- and I know that nobody else does, either). My primary mission is to try to figure out ways to make money based on the probabilistic outcome of certain events.
Krugman undoubtedly doesn't supply that kind of knowledge. Instead, he seems solely concerned with banging his head on a table, trying to convince the world that his particular brand of economic policy is the right kind. My best counsel is to be careful incorporating his advice into your own. His guess is, after all, just as good as yours.
10.28.2010: "Creation versus Evolution?" ... Excerpt from comments back to Jason Kelly...
The problem here is that scientists and Christians use a different baseline to measure their findings.
Scientists use data that is replicable, while religious people use dogma.
There are also other differences. Scientists try to disprove their understandings of nature, while religious people are averse to trying to disprove their beliefs of nature.
Scientists are overjoyed to find out their research has been overturned because it means they now know more than they did before, while religious people get upset to discover what they believed is no longer true. They believe their whole faith structure seems in jeopardy.
And not to even mention the misrepresentation and misunderstanding of the Scientific Method itself by the Creationists...
10.25.2010: "Bashing the Bank Piñata " ...
By Fisher Investments Editorial Staff...
Despite best efforts by regulators, banks found ways around the onerous rules saddled on them.
No one can possibly anticipate the millions upon millions of ways customers interact with financial firms daily.
Some may interpret banks out-maneuvering regulators as negative, but keep in mind banks are just trying to be profitable.
Eventually Washington (and the media) will stop using Financials as piñata and move on to something else.
Following the "most comprehensive and sweeping reforms ever adopted for credit card accounts" in 2008, the Federal Reserve announced plans to change the rules yet again this week. The latest round of changes aim to shore up "loopholes" in the cleverly titled Credit CARD Act (Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure) of 2009. Despite best efforts by regulators, banks found ways around onerous rules -- adapting fees and interest rates to legally make up for revenue lost to regulatory limits.
But of course they did! No regulator can possibly imagine the millions upon millions of ways customers interact with financial firms daily, let alone anticipate how new rules guiding them will work in practice. The profit motive is the mother of invention. The private sector will adapt -- that's what it does -- even as regulators can't or won't. Mind you, the slew of new rules introduced this year and last aren't terrific for Financials, but the flexibility demonstrated by credit card issuers is encouraging.
Is ingenuity in the face of regulations wrong? No. Profitable banks are good! They make more loans. They innovate. They pay employees more and increase shareholder value. And profitable banks are good for consumers too -- the very people regulators hope to "protect." People value convenient ways to buy stuff and access debt. What would be the surest sign folks are getting ripped off? If credit card companies went the way of the dinosaurs. Firms charge fees commensurate with the risks they assume. If fees get too far out of whack, folks stop using cards and banks change course or go out of business. While that works in the private sector, there is no such signal or incentive for regulators -- so often their rules hit wide of the mark or become outdated almost as soon as they're enacted.
Sentiment continues to be pretty dour regarding Financials and likely will be for some time. But it seems to be easing. One doesn't need to look past the much watered down Basel accord for proof financial regulation is already starting to lose steam. Eventually, at some point in the future, Washington (and the media) will stop bashing the bank piñata and move on to something else. (Don't worry, they'll find another sector to bash. Always happens that way.)
10.24.2010: "We're All Bigots, Now" ...
We Are All Bigots Now...
The firing of Juan Williams by National Public Radio (NPR), alleging that he was guilty of bigotry during a recent appearance on Bill O'Reilly's FoxNews Channel television program, is another case of political correctness mixed with demagoguery run amuck.
Here are the "horrific" words that did him in:
"Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
Frankly, there's nothing bigoted in the statement -- not at all. If there is, then we are all bigots now, and maybe that's the point National "Passive-Aggressive" Radio is trying to make. Williams' remark was not only a reflection of common sense; it's common sense that's widely shared. I find myself feeling the same way on occasion. A family member who recently flew to Detroit told me that after the plane was airborne, a man in "Muslim garb" (you know it when you see it) got up and bowed down in the aisle for some reason. Everyone who saw it was uncomfortable and it is doubtful anyone slept for the remainder of the flight.
It was clearly an aircraft filled with bigots.
The problem is that the people at NPR suffer from the same disorder as do Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and a growing multitude of naïve Americans. They fail to acknowledge the clear Muslim threat to America and our way of life. And when someone dares to mention the "M" word, some liberals are like 6-year olds with hands over their ears and yelling, "Blah, Blah, Blah, I Can't Hear You!"
But it's worse than childish behavior on their part; it's willful ignorance.
10.17.2010: "Germany begins to wake up." ...
Merkel says German multiculturalism has failed...
(Reuters) - Germany's attempt to create a multicultural society has "utterly failed," Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding fuel to a debate over immigration and Islam polarising her conservative camp.
Merkel faces pressure from within her CDU to take a tougher line on immigrants who don't show a willingness to adapt to German society and her comments appeared intended to pacify her critics.
10.10.2010: How to Negotiate with
Communists and Mid-East "Governments"...
"Arab League foreign ministers threw their weight behind the Palestinian president's refusal to negotiate with Israel unless it renews restrictions on West Bank settlement construction, but gave U.S. mediators another month to keep peace talks from collapsing.
"The grace period, agreed to Friday night at a meeting of the 22-member Arab bloc in Libya, gave the U.S. some critical breathing room but also came with a warning to Israel of the dangerous consequences should it refuse to compromise."
Ooooh... and what exactly will they do in a month? Go to the General Assembly? Attack Israel and get wiped out (again..)? Full of crap as usual.
What bugs me is that the Arabs are so stupid they can't see the lack of logic in their position. They put forward conditions (no building etc) but what if the land on which the building occurs now happens to be agreed to be Israeli after the talks finish?
This is the standard communist style of negotiating. Give me what I want or I won't even talk to you. Once you have done so, we can begin negotiations with you giving me what I want and me giving up nothing, or I walk away from the talks complaining about how you are being difficult. Iterate until done.
But if the entire world press, the entire UN outside of America, and huge sections of people from all sides of the political spectrum because your opponent is Israel, are on your side, then the technique works. After all, Israel is the villain who has always committed atrocities on their "poor innocent Palestinian victims who have never done anything wrong and certainly have never harmed anyone," at least if you read the MSM or listen to any UN speech.
10.07.2010: Excerpt from
Jack Welch vs. HP's Board: Why He's Wrong and Why Apple Should Listen; Posted by Rob Enderle
"....if you don't understand the cause of a problem, you'll probably never really fix it. Chronic mistakes, like fires, aren't fought by putting effort into extinguishing the flames, but by removing the fuel."
This is exactly what I mean when I attempt to describe the lack of "Critical Thinking in the US' business management and elected political "leaders" today! Thanks, Rob!
10.07.2010: Great video on Youtube ...
The future of our planet and the interactions between nations and economies will be very different from what we've experienced, even in the recent past. This excellent speech highlights many points worth considering, by individuals, educators and policy makers at all levels of governments.
09.30.2010: email, 01.27.2010...
A man was out for a walk on a blustery night in Washington D.C.
A robber in a mask walks up to him and says,
"Give me your money."
The man is afraid, and he says,
"You can't do this, I'm a United States Congressman."
The robber hesitates a moment, and replies,
"Okay, in that case, give me MY money."
09.29.2010: Subj: The Honeymoon is over.
You know the honeymoon is over when the comedians start.
The liberals are asking us to give Obama time. We agree . . . and think 25 to life would be appropriate.
America needs Obama-care like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask.
Q: Have you heard about McDonald's' new Obama Value Meal?
Q: What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted felon?
A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.
A: A fund raiser.
Q: What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a penitentiary?
A: One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers, and threats to society. The other is for housing prisoners.
Q: If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and it started to sink, who would be saved?
A: America !
-- Jimmy Fallon
Q: What's the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo?
A: Bo has papers.
-- Jimmy Kimmel
Q: What was the most positive result of the "Cash for Clunkers" program?
A: It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road.
09.28.2010: Finally, a state with balls... Texas warns book publishers: 'No more white-washing Islam' ...State board adopts resolution calling for fairness regarding world's religions
08.29.2010: Finally, an honest view of American Politics, politicians and voters...
Politics, politicians and voters, from Jason Kelly
08.23.2010: Sorry... I have a dilemma... should this go on WTF or No Shit! ?
No. 1 Nation in Sexy Web Searches? Call it Pornistan
They may call it the "Land of the Pure," but Pakistan turns out to be anything but.
Pakistan is top dog in searches per-person for "horse sex" since 2004, "donkey sex" since 2007, "rape pictures" between 2004 and 2009, "rape sex" since 2004, "child sex" between 2004 and 2007 and since 2009, "animal sex" since 2004 and "dog sex" since 2005, according to Google Trends and Google Insights, features of Google that generate data based on popular search terms.
The country also is tops -- or has been No. 1 -- in searches for "sex," "camel sex," "rape video," "child sex video" and some other searches that can't be printed here.
Ah, "both" works for me...
08.19.2010: Voodoo Thoughts... which I've believed for many decades. ...Barney and Nancy, your lobotomies were 100% successful!
08.15.2010: I Love It!!! Mexico Is Angry!!! ...ROTFLOL, Mr. Obama!
08.15.2010: I can't wait to see this movie! ... link to YouTube... I Want Your Money Trailer (2010)
08.11.2010: Arizona Governor vs. Phoenix Suns Owner
This is a good way to explain things to people that don't understand.
The owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, Robert Sarver, opposes AZ's new immigration laws.
Arizona 's Governor, Jan Brewer, released the following statement in response to Sarver's criticism of the new law:
"What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were sneaking into games without paying?
What if they had a good idea who the gate-crashers are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs, thus non-paying attendees couldn't be ejected.
Furthermore, what if Suns' ownership was expected to provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drink? And what if, on those days when a gate-crasher became ill or injured, the Suns had to provide free medical care and shelter?"
- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
Now does it make more sense to you??
Steve Wynn nails it...
Do yourself a favor and listen to this then control the urge to move to another country.
Subject: Who is Steve Wynn, and why is he saying this?
What's equally amazing is that CNBC actually aired this -- CNBC, one of the WH's favorite propaganda machines!
It was not even 2 hours after Steve Wynn's interview that he received a invitation from the tenants at 1600 Pennsylvania blvd, Washington , DC . 20500 wanting him to explain in person why he said what he said !!!
Below is a short interview with Steve Wynn. Some of you know of him. He's a Multi Billionaire, Hotelier and Real Estate Investor in Las Vegas, Asia and Macau . He's been a guest from time to time on all the network financial news programs.
If you listen to this recent CNBC interview (short & to the point) and nothing else today, you will be better informed than your neighbor about the state of the union.
I would suggest sharing this with your children so they know what to expect once they're faced with the results.
Makes you want to say, "Now I get it!"
From a friend's email...
I was sitting in a restaurant eating lunch, and I overheard a conversation where one guy said something which really resonated with me:
Q: Do you think that Obama and his people really understand what being "at war" means?
A: Yes, they do understand it, but they reject the entire concept as unworthy of them. They believe that if they act in a more civilized manner, then our enemies will follow suit.
Bingo! It is not that Obama etc are unintelligent: they are quite intelligent. It is not that they don't want to defend this country: they do, as much as you or I do, and as much as you or I wish they do. But in their heart of hearts they truly deny the concept of pure evil, and honestly believe that the people who are out to kill us are very much like us, and if we meet them half-way, they will do likewise.
Obama, et.al., honestly believe if we close Gitmo, if we extend Constitutional protections to captured terrorists, if we give their countries money in order to upgrade their lifestyle, then our enemies will see that we are trying to be nicer, so they won't keep trying to kill us.
It is not a flaw in character, it is not a sign of stupidity, it is not a lack of patriotism or desire to defend America, it is simply a world-view that can only exist in a tight, insular and closed circle of intellectuals who have never experienced the world outside of that circle, who deny that anything outside their circle even exists. Therefore, any input from people with evidence which conflicts with this world-view, is rejected as the ravings of a lunatic, because "no one could possibly think like that", speaking of both our enemies and the people who understand our enemies and recommend strong action against them.
This is the fundamental difference in the thinking of liberals and conservatives in the war on terror.
07.06.2010: OK, seriously, now,
"If you have food allergies, you are likely to be
allergic to common food. Take care!"
First Rev: 07.07.2010